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Deferred Action for Childhood
Can I become a resident with DACA?
Unfortunately no, there is no legal path from DACA status to permanent residency at this time. Other options may be available through a family-based petition or humanitarian visa. A DACA recipient may consider a consultation with a licensed attorney to discuss other options.
Can I apply for DACA?
At this time, no initial DACA applications are being accepted by USCIS. There is pending litigation throughout the country regarding DACA renewal applications. A DACA recipient should consult with a licensed attorney before filing a renewal application.
Can I get a work permit with DACA?
Yes, DACA status allows for valid employment authorization during the period of DACA status. A DACA recipient can find out when his/her status expires easily by looking on his/her DACA status card.
Is DACA still going on?
Yes! Although USCIS is no longer accepting initial DACA applications, USCIS is still accepting DACA renewal applications depending on the date of DACA status expiration. Presently, there is pending litigation through the country regarding DACA renewal application. A DACA recipient should consult with a licensed attorney before filing a renewal application.
Can my DACA be taken away?
Possibly, DACA status is a grant of discretion by the federal government to withhold removal action against an individual for a period of time. This grant of discretion does not confer legal status and may be terminated by the federal government. Further, contact with law enforcement such as arrest and/or criminal charges may adversely impact DACA status. If you have had contact with local or federal police, Border Patrol, or ICE, you may need to consult with a licensed attorney to assess your risks and options going forward.